Summer sizzles in Mt. Sterling

Mount Sterling Community Center’s summer programs for children draw on the talents of area volunteers, as well as state and local organizations. Each day camp runs three days and has a theme. The camps are open to children who are entering first through sixth grade and have a Mount Sterling mailing address or 869 phone number. Sessions are 1 to 4 p.m. There is no fee.

• June 17-19—Ohio History.  Students will experience: life as an Ohio pioneer, courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society; life as an American Indian, courtesy of the Native American Association; and life in Mount Sterling, with the help from the Mount Sterling Museum.

• July 8-10—Great Outdoors. The American Red Cross will talk about weather disasters. Other activities will include Soil and Water Conservation projects.

• Aug. 11-13—International Culture. Children will "travel" to China, Japan, and Australia. Food, language, art and amazing sights will be  featured.

• Tuesdays when camp is not in session—Back Yard Science. Dinosaurs, bubble science, butterflies, Ohio fossils, medical technology and science experiments are some of the activities. These sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free.

• Wednesdays, except camp days—Movie Days. From 1 to 3 p.m., enjoy family-friendly films and discuss traditional values and Bible study and applications.

• Mondays and Tuesdays, on non-camp weeks—Sewing Classes. All ages through 17 can take part between 2 and 5 p.m. Children 10 and under must have an adult in attendance.

• July 28-31—4-H Camp. Sponsored by OSU Extension Service, camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is for ages 8 through 12. A small fee will apply. 4-H counselors will engage children in a variety of activities, including some with an international flair. A separate registration form is required for the 4-H Camp.

Staff and Volunteers are exploring other activities throughout the summer. Look for these to be announced.

Completed registration forms, including parental permission, agreement to code of conduct, and medical information must be turned in to Mount Sterling Community Center by June 13.

Director Annie Tomlinson said the center always needs volunteers to assist with the summer programs. Opportunities include registering children, serving snacks, directing or assisting the groups, and general helping-out.

“Please consider spending some time this summer enriching the lives of our children and youth as we bring them new adventures, education experiences, and lots of fun,” Tomlinson said.

Mount Sterling Community Center is located at 164 E. Main St. in Mount Sterling.  Registration forms and volunteer forms can be found at the receptionist desk. Call 740-869-2453 with any questions, comments or suggestions.

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